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Ten things I want from a Factual Book

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Story/Idea – does it have an interesting story or new idea to communicate, one that I can relate to?

 

Readability and momentum – does it make me want to keep going/come back to it or is it always hard work?

 

Clarity – is the English clear or do I have to hack through the undergrowth of the text?

 

Structure – is there a logical structure. Does it build a convincing argument? Does it then summarise clearly?

 

Empathy – If it’s a factual story, do I relate to the characters, do I care what happens to them?

 

Do I learn relevant new stuff that I value?

 

Was it inspirational? Will it change what I do?

 

Does it have Fun?

 

Do I get an insight that gives a new perspective? A better model of the world?

 

Recommendation – would I recommend it to a friend?

 

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